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Daily Reader: Edition #158

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected in Oklahoma.

Learn 73 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: why tornadoes are so unpredictable, the lack of sufficient storm cellars in Oklahoma, and the relationship (if any) between tornadoes and climate change.

1. Oklahoma Tornado: Why So Destructive, Unpredictable?
National Geographic, 5/21/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 18

National Geographic: Oklahoma Tornado: Why So Destructive, Unpredictable?

In the aftermath of Monday's tragedy, many are wondering why scientists can't do a better job of predicting when and where tornadoes will strike. Read more and learn vocabulary words like accuracy, affected, devastation, ferocity, fundamental, instability, optimistic, phenomenon, and resolve.

2. Why Aren't There More Storm Cellars in Oklahoma?
The Atlantic, 5/21/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 44

The Atlantic: Why Aren't There More Storm Cellars in Oklahoma?

According to experts, the best way to survive a tornado is to go underground. Why wasn't that an option for so many people in Moore, Oklahoma? Read more and learn vocabulary words like alluvial, carnage, debris, euphemism, fickle, induced, mitigate, prohibitive, and prudent.

3. What Role Does Climate Change Play in Tornadoes?
Scientific American, 5/21/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 11

Scientific American: What Role Does Climate Change Play in Tornadoes?

With all of the crazy weather happening around the country, it's hard not to wonder whether climate change might be to blame. Here is one scientist's opinion on this issue. Read more and learn vocabulary words like buoyancy, condense, instability, intense, latent, predicted, and thresholds.

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